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Early Georgian Portraits Catalogue

William Stukeley (1687-1765), Antiquary and physician

Antiquary; MB Bennet (Corpus Christi) College, Cambridge, 1708; FRS and secretary to the Society of Antiquaries, which he shared in founding, 1718; FRCP, 1720; made long antiquarian excursions with Roger Gale and others, investigating Stonehenge and Avebury; ordained 1729, incumbent of All Saints', Stamford, until 1747; rector of St George-the-Martyr, London, from 1747; his publications included Itinerarium Curiosum, 1724, Stonehenge, 1740, and, 1757, as a genuine work of Richard of Cirencester, Charles Bertram's forgery De Situ Britanniae; specially interested in Druidism; friend of Newton and Warburton. Stukeley married (1) 1727, Frances Williamson (d. 1737) and (2) 1739, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Gale, dean of York. [1]

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1) Family Memoirs of William Stukeley, ed. W. C. Lukis, I, p 93.

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Croft-Murray et al. 1960
Catalogue of British Drawings (in the Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum) XVI and XVII Centuries, by E. Croft-Murray, P. Hulton and C. White, 1960.

Lukis (ed.) 1882-87
Family Memoirs of William Stukeley, ed. W. C. Lukis (Surtees Society; vols 73, 76, 80, 1882-87).

Scharf 1865
G. Scharf, A Catalogue of the Pictures Belonging to the Society of Antiquaries, 1865.

Piggott 1950
S. Piggott, William Stukeley, 1950.


This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Kerslake, Early Georgian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1977, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.